Ivy League School Shuts Down Anti-Semitic Palestinian Student Groups
03 November 2023, Hesse, Frankfurt/Main: Young women hold placards reading "It is not a "conflict" if 1 side has the gun & the other is praying" and "From the river to the sea". Several hundred people gathered for a pro-Palestinian demonstration. The rally was accompanied by a massive police presence.
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Columbia University announced on Friday that it was banning two anti-Semitic student groups on campus for the remainder of the fall term after they repeatedly violated school rules.

The private New York City school suspended Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) and Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) as official student groups in light of their recent actions on campus.

“This decision was made after the two groups repeatedly violated University policies related to holding campus events, culminating in an unauthorized event Thursday afternoon that proceeded despite warnings and included threatening rhetoric and intimidation,” said Gerald Rosberg, Senior Executive Vice President of the University and Chair, Special Committee on Campus Safety.

“Suspension means the two groups will not be eligible to hold events on campus or receive University funding,” he added. “Lifting the suspension will be contingent on the two groups demonstrating a commitment to compliance with University policies and engaging in consultations at a group leadership level with University officials.”

Jewish Voice for Peace is an anti-Semitic organization that has held numerous anti-Israel rallies after Hamas murdered 1,400 Israelis in an unprecedented terrorist attack last month.

“Jewish Voice for Peace (JVP) is a radical anti-Israel and anti-Zionist activist group that advocates for the boycott of Israel and eradication of Zionism,” according to the ADL, which adds that they have “expressed support for violence and, occasionally, classic antisemitic tropes.”

Students for Justice in Palestine has “explicitly endorsed the actions of Hamas and their armed attacks on Israeli civilians and voiced an increasingly radical call for confronting and ‘dismantling’ Zionism on U.S. college campuses,” the ADL noted.


Florida Governor Ron DeSantis ordered his state to crack down on the group last month after they expressed clear support for Hamas, which is a U.S. designated Foreign Terrorist Organization.

Related: Private University Bans Pro-Palestinian Student Group Over Support For Hamas

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